Frequently Asked Questions

** Last Updated on March 3rd, 2021 **

  • What is a “Grand Tour” style rally? A Grand Tour style rally involves self-guided travel to as many provided locations as desired over the course of the entire 6 months of the rally. It is self-guided and self-paced. There are no event sponsored group rides. If riders decide to get together to visit a location together, they can plan that out amongst themselves.
  • When can I expect my rally flag? Flags were mailed at the end of February. For riders registering after the end of February, flags will be mailed within a few days of registration.
  • [NEW] Can a group send in one photo and get credit for all riders? Unfortunately, no. We need each rider to send in a picture that clearly shows their bike and flag. If it happens to be in a group of bikes and flag, no problem. But each rider must send in his/her own picture.
  • Where do I send my bonus submission? Please send your submission to pnwgrandtour@gmail.com for scoring. We will send a scoring decision e-mail when the submission is scored. More specific information will be added to the rules section and included with the destination listing.
  • I visited more than one location on my ride. Can I send all the pictures in one email, or would you prefer separate emails for each location? We would prefer a separate email for each location. It will make it easier for the scorers to keep track of your submissions and reduce the number of errors we make 🙂
  • Is scoring conducted “real-time”? No, not “real-time”. While we endeavor to score your submissions quickly and efficiently, there is no promise of real-time feedback. It is possible you will get the scoring e-mail right away. We might be camped out in front of our computers wasting the day away. But it isn’t likely.
  • So how long should I wait before asking if my submission was received? Give us a few days. We think we will be able to score every day, but life sometimes gets in the way. If you haven’t heard back from us in a week, shoot us a reminder e-mail or message us on Facebook.
  • What do I do if I lose my rally flag? Our ability to provide replacement with the same flag number doesn’t exist for a rally of this size, so if you lose your flag we will provide you a placard with rider number for a nominal fee (cost of materials and postage).
  • How can I reach finisher status? Visit all 8 destinations in either Washington, Oregon or Idaho, or visit a minimum of 12 destinations in any combination of states.
  • I have no idea where the locations are planned – why should I sign up early? You don’t have to sign up early. Signing up early helps me order the correct number of flags for the rally and thus helps keep costs down. Signing up early helps defray some of the costs associated with organizing the rally. We cannot promise you that you will have never visited a location we provide, but we can promise that the collection of all 30 locations will provide you with enjoyable, scenic rides in areas you probably haven’t visited often.
  • Do I have to ride the same bike I listed on my registration form? Absolutely not! Ride what you like. Just make sure whatever you ride that day is included with your rally flag in the picture of the destination object (Note – I only ask for “primary” bike on the registration form out of curiosity).
  • Is riding on dirt/gravel required? No. Most destinations will be planned on or very near paved roads. The rare location that involves riding on a dirt/gravel road will have an alternate location that can be visited that is paved. A few of the destinations may have a dirt driveway or parking area.